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PINELLAS COUNTY: PROPERTY APPRAISER

...............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................The race unfolds a year after the county purchased outgoing Property Appraiser Jim SmithÍs land for nearly four times its assessed value. Pam Dubov, SmithÍs former deputy, touts readiness and experience. Realtor Ben Friedlander stresses new leadership and restoring public confidence.

Pam Dubov, East Lake R Ben Friedlander, St. Petersburg D
Dubov, 52, spent 19 years in the appraiserÍs office, including 16 as chief deputy. She was also oversaw standards and analysis for the Hillsborough property appraiser in 1988. She was an officer in the U.S. Army, 1980-85, leaving with the rank of captain. Experience A Realtor for 33 years, Friedlander, 57, owns Big Ben Realty in St. Petersburg. He is a past president and treasurer of Suncoast Association of Realtors. Since 2004, he has led FamilyFest, an annual event for parents and kids held in conjunction with St. PetersburgÍs Festival of States parade.
Attended U.S. Military Academy at West Point. BachelorÍs, Cameron University, Lawton, Okla.; masterÍs, Florida Institute of Technology; law degree, Stetson University. Education BachelorÍs, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio.
Wants small businesses and affordable housing rentals valued based on current use, rather than the marketÍs "highest and best use." On needed changes to state tax law Wants to lower the cap on annual assessment increases for small businesses and non-homestead properties, from 10 percent to 6 percent.
Would create an advisory council that included homeowners, business owners, Realtors and title companies to suggest improvements. On improving customer service End what he feels is the adversarial relationship some in the appraiserÍs office have with the public and improve staff morale.
Would ask the state to review valuations for land owned by her or the deputy of appraisals. Would bar employees from appraising their own properties. Proposals prompted by Jim Smith land deal Demand the highest ethical standards from the top down in the office and review safeguards.
Home, IRA, savings bonds. Assets Townhouse, business, IRA, investments.
Mortgage. Liabilities None.
$792,172. Net worth $1,170,187.
Salary, investments. Income Business income, investments.
Husband, Bruce Dubov; three adult stepchildren. Personal Wife, Ruth Friedlander; two adult children.
pamforpinellas.com. Web site chooseben.com.
pamforpinellas@tampabay.rr.com. E-mail ben@chooseben.com.
About the job: The Property Appraiser values property annually and administers tax exemptions. The values become part of a tax roll certified by the state revenue department. The position is for a four-year term and pays $149,204 annually.

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